PERRY, HILBERT W. (3 May 1922 - 20 Sept. 1997) was a civil rights worker and advocate for needy families and the rights of the elderly.
He was raised in Chicago by his maternal grandmother and graduated from DuSable High School. He was drafted into the Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge, he moved to Lorain. He played the nightclub circuit as drummer for a jazz band and sold insurance for the Supreme Life Insurance Co., developing his own method for selling policies by phone from his home as an alternative to door-to-door sales in 1961. He attended Western Reserve University from 1958 to 1960, then enrolled at
In 1963 he became active in civil rights issues. For five years he served as director of the Bruce Klunder Freedom House (see
Mr. Perry had a son, Paul, and a daughter, Dana. He died at the Wade Park VA Medical Center.